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Old 09-12-2012, 03:25 PM
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The tire width on the stealth was the main issue.
I agree. I had 12.5" mud tires on my old ford and when it rained or when we had snow I slid around like I had ice skates on.
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I couldn't get any traction in my 99 Ram 4x2 running BFG All terrains without the help of tire chains up in Lake Tahoe during snow boarding season. I could get out of the snow on just tires but the moment you got on the roads, it would turn into ice and just slid you back off the road. So snow chains win my vote. That was fun and scary because you just risk the chance of playing bumper cars. Here in Texas during the winter, black ice is something that sneaks up on you, especially under overpasses or on an overpass during a turn if sand isnt laid down. I was drifting at 55mph after going under an overpass that still had black ice and that puckered my bung hole up tight. Everone behind me slowed way down after that show. I saved it by not hittin the brakes and easing the throttle and counter steering through the slide. I have big respect for ice after that.
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Speaking from a heavy tuner back ground. AWD is godly in the rain. WRX's, GT3000's, stealth's. That being said once you put wide tires and higher than stock HP into the equation it becomes messy.

All 4x4 and AWD systems are different, some are split some are adjustable, some are set at 50/50. Some run off mechanical gears being put into place, some are electronic and some are witchcraft.

As far as the 4x4. I went to labrador for 8 months, the roads literally became snow, they'd just pack the snow down because there was no point in trying to clear it. 4x4 was a life saver. Once the snow melted and you could see asphalt on the roads. The 4x4 got turned off and the only time it was put back on was when you were off roading.

I think (correct me if I'm wrong) our trucks are split 30/70? front/rear? Something like a stealth is 50/50 all the time.

We need a set up like the skyline, 0-30/70-100 depending on the amount of throttle and the amount of wheel spin. Using a system of accelerometers, it the computer tells the car when the back wheels are about to break traction and sends power to the from wheels by pressurizing a clutch pack, if you want to do some nice burnouts, pop the fuse that runs the system and away you go, put the fuse back in and you're back to normal.

Although a set up like that wouldn't be so great for mud, it's a hell of a lot of fun and I can only imagine a lowered ram with the ability to take corners like that.

But this is the off roading section, so, if your in the mud turn on the 4x4, don't see how far you can get in 2wd and then turn on the 4x4.

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my trucks I've always put it in 4 wheel when 2 wheel started spinning. Not when it rained, I drive through snow often in 2wheel, I even go off the road in 2wheel. If I notice any spinning, I'll lock it in and go
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The only time I use 4 wheel drive is if I experience slippage, otherwise it is 2 wheel drive.
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Use it anytime your rear end is spinning wildly or forward movement is hampered by slippery conditions. I use it to get up my driveway because in 2wd I sling gravel everywhere even when I'm real careful on the gas. Pop it into 4 high and no wheel spin.
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Well, for what it's worth, I live in the Rockies in Alberta. One paved highway between here and the next town either direction, everything else not in town is gravel or oilfield/log haul roads. I hunt, and hit those roads often.

Good tires (I'm running Goodyear Wrangler Duratracs on my Ram, and on my last truck, a '10 F150) make a HUGE difference, #1. 2WD for 95% of my driving. Wet pavement means nothing. Snow more than 3" gets 4HI. 4LO only gets used when pulling something heavy through the mucky stuff. Ice, same deal.

What we see up here is a lot of people that use 4X4 too much, and wind up in the toolies where they need serious help to get them out.

Easy rule of thumb: if you're starting to sling mud, or spinning on ice/packed snow, hit the 4HI- don't wait until you're stuck or it might be too late. Use 4-by until you're stuck, and you're not getting out without help. Learned that the hard way when the Ford sank into a patch of muskeg that didn't look like muskeg
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I would think it would also depend on what type of rear end and gears your truck has. I have the LSD rear end with 3:92 gears, and electronic traction control in my 2011 sport 4x4. I have never had to put it into 4x4 in the rain as the rear end really keeps me in control in most conditions.

Although, I had a 2008 Ram without the same rear end or traction control, and it slid around like crazy while in 2wd. So I would say every truck would be just a little different.
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